Eleven composers collaborated in Exquisite Corpse fashion to produce two brand new soundtracks for the German Expressionist Classic The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari.
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As part of the project, public domain footage of the film was located and restored. The film was re-divided into six acts after the original scenario, tinting was added and new inter-titles were created approximating the style of the original film.
The result, while not a definitive restoration by any means, is a brighter, more colorful version of the film somewhat truer to the original than other freely available prints.
Each of the eleven composers worked in isolation from the others scoring one of the film's six acts, with the film visuals being the only common reference point.
Each of the eleven scored from a unique viewpoint and style, yet the striking visual coherence of the film was sufficient to ensure an emotional continuity in soundtrack approach. Even more surprising, sonic elements and motifs are echoed and reiterated throughout the film, despite the fact than none of the composers heard the work of any of the others prior to submitting their own work.
All components of this project, including the film, are either in the public domain or licensed by the creators under a Creative Commons Non-Commercial/Sharealike/Attribution 3.0 license. Others are strongly encouraged to download the project and re-use the materials therein to say something relevant about the film or their own lives.
This DVD quality mp4 version of the project is encoded in x.264 and contains two soundtracks, so either QuickTime Pro 7.1.x or VLC > .8.x are required. VLC is recommended and available here:
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November 9, 2008 Subject:
A truly amazing piece of work!
This work indeed deserves the highest rating possible. Although, the restored footage seems a little blurry to me, the soundtrack beats it all - both of them are very atmospheric and true to the movie!
In other words, a highly recommended download to all the Caligari fans and everyone else! :)